I’m currently an Endeavour Research Fellow at the University of Macquarie working on colour variation and population genetics in the Hibiscus Harlequin Bug (Tectocoris diophthalmus).
I also work on variation in chemical protection in the wood tiger moth at the University of Jyväskylä.
I am interested in how intra- and inter-specific species communication shapes evolutionary processes. My areas of study are the evolution of mating systems and the role of chemical defence in aposematic insect populations. I am particularly interested in cases when communication breaks down, and what these “mistakes” can tell us about selection pressures acting on system. To view my CV click here.
My PhD was in behavioural ecology and sexual selection at the University of St. Andrews. My thesis title was: The causes and consequences of reproductive interference in the Lygaeidae.